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Pennsylvania Handbook: Telehealth

What is the difference between telehealth and telemedicine?

Many organizations use the terms interchangeably, such as the American Telemedicine Association. According to the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers, telehealth refers to “the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support distance clinical healthcare, patient and professional health-related education, public health, and health administration.” Telemedicine typically refers to the practice of medicine using technology to deliver care at a distance (i.e., remote clinical services). Therefore, telemedicine is a subset of telehealth.

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